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Stephen Miller calls Biden’s U.N. address ‘a real missed opportunity’

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After President Biden addressed the United Nations Tuesday, former Trump advisor Stephen Miller critiqued the speech saying the president missed the point. Miller appeared on Fox News’ America Reports the same day to call out Biden for not addressing the situation in Afghanistan.

“I think it was a real missed opportunity. The entire world was really interested in hearing what Biden’s doctrine would be, what his philosophy would be,” Miller said. “The U.N. speech stands alone in a president’s calendar of speeches for a year as the one time the whole world is listening solely to the president discuss foreign policy.”

Instead of focusing on the role America has played in worldwide calamities lately, Biden said the world is at an “inflection point.” Meanwhile, he was much more aggressive in his previous U.N. address.

“So, as you remember, in President Trump’s first U.N. address in 2017, he laid out this new doctrine to say we’re going to reject top down globalism. We’re going to reject global governance. Instead we’re going to focus on individual nation states finding common ground and working together in a bottom up way,” Miller recounted. “And that really animated the whole Trump presidency, it animated the peace deals that were reached. And it was the core of that speech. I listened to the speech today trying to hear that and I just didn’t find it.”

While Biden had the floor for as long as he’d like, he kept his comments short. In addition, he didn’t mention Afghanistan at all.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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